Did you know that a single British film production company is responsible for Four Weddings and a Funeral, Atonement, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Elizabeth, Billy Elliot, Les Miserables, Notting Hill, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, Bean, Frost/Nixon, Nanny McPhee, and About a Boy, just to name a few?
It is little wonder that the force behind these jaw-dropping creations is the British production company Working Title Films? Working Title’s movies have won 35 BAFTA® Awards and ten Academy Awards®, and have grossed more than $6 billion worldwide. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have fostered creative collaborations with actors, including Cate Blanchett, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Renée Zellweger, Simon Pegg, and Emma Thompson, and filmmakers, including Richard Curtis, Stephen Daldry, Stephen Frears, Paul Greengrass, Tom Hooper, Edgar Wright, and the Coen Brothers.
In partnership with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) New York and the GREAT Campaign, the Hamptons International Film Festival awarded Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner—co-chairs of Working Title Films—with the Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement, as part of the Festival’s ‘Focus on UK Film,’ on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
As you can see in the video below, a lively and insightful panel followed the presentation. Moderated by Rajendra Roy, Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, Museum of Modern Art, the conversation included some of the biggest names in British film today:
♦ Tim Bevan (co-chair of Working Title Films)
♦ Eric Fellner (co-chair of Working Title Films)
♦ Richard Curtis (writer/director, About Time, Love Actually)
♦ Edgar Wright (writer/director, The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead)